Training & Skill Development

Effective Skills And Advice For Aspiring Teachers

Cultivate good teacher-student relationships

The climate in the classroom has to be conducive for learning. The students have to feel as if they can relate to the teacher or that they can talk to the teacher without having nay repercussions. You need to be someone who inspires trust. Their problems have to be safe with you. Let them know that they can come to you with a problem at any time. And if they have trouble understanding a certain concept, explain as many times as needed till they’re familiar with it. Don’t demand a lot and sympathize with your students. Make sure they know that you value their opinions.

Have a thorough understanding of the subject

This may seem obvious but it is one of the main points of effective teaching. You need to know everything there is to know about the subject, be up to date with recent changes and also have an understanding of supporting subjects. This is taking into account that you have the basic qualifications regarding teaching. For example, if you’re teaching English overseas, you’re required to take TESOL courses Brisbane.

Know how to give praise

Sometimes praise can do more harm than good. Try to praise how much hard work a student puts into their work and not their end result. Otherwise, this will cultivate an expectation in them that only good results deserve praise or that their duty is to be the best of everything. What you should be aiming at is to make your students more well-rounded and responsible. If the student is falling behind, sympathize with them and discuss with them what went wrong. It is very important that you listen. 

Manage behaviour within classroom

Students can be quite rambunctious. Make sure you’re not overly strict or overly lenient. You have to be someone they look up to but at the same time someone they are comfortable with. It’s a fine line to walk on. It is the teacher’s responsibility to make sure the students stay attentive during the lessons. If a student is being disruptive, talk to them and find out what is wrong. This may take some time as at this age they are in their rebellious phase.

Build relationships with parents and colleagues

You can have a better understanding of the students by talking to their parents. Some may have trouble at home and will act out in school. Sometimes you may be able to help by letting the parents know what is wrong and how to handle the problem. You can know how well the students are doing in their other classes by talking to your colleagues. They will also have good advice on what works and what doesn’t.